How to Know When to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Your water heater ensures that you have hot water whenever you turn on the faucet or start filling up your bathtub. Could you imagine what would happen to your daily shower if your water heater unexpectedly stopped working? Instead of suffering through a freezing cold shower, consider the following 4 signs that can alert you to the need of a water heater replacement:

Age

How old is your water heater? The average water heater has a life expectancy of 8-12 years. Of course, the actual amount of time that your water heater will last depends on the weather, the design, the quality of installation, and the amount of maintenance. If your water heater is getting older, it might be time to replace it for a new and improved model.

Leaks

Check the base of your water heater. If there are leaks coming out of the water heater, there may be problems that require serious attention. More likely than not, you’ll need to replace your water heater to ensure that it won’t leak and cause further problems for your home and possessions.

Malfunctioning Problems

Have you had a lot of problems with your water heater? Does it only work every now and again? If your water heater is acting erratically, it’s telling you that it’s on its way out. It would be a good idea to have it checked to make sure that it can’t be repaired first, though. If you’ve been repairing it on a regular basis, you should probably just replace it.

Equipment Failure

One of the biggest signs that it’s time for a new water heater is that it doesn’t work. First, make sure that it’s not caused by something that could be an easy fix, such as a blown fuse, tripped breaker, a faulty thermostat, or even a defective heating element. If you walk through each one of these things and the water heater still isn’t working, it probably gave up the ghost and it’s time to move on to a new one.

If you’ve decided that it’s time for a heating replacement, there are a few things that you should take into consideration: the gallon capacity, recovery rate, space that it occupies, and the energy efficiency ratings. When you hire Cool Air Mechanical, one of our technicians can come to your home to measure the space, evaluate your old water heater, and help you determine what the right replacement would be for your home. We can even order it for you and help you install it so you can continue to enjoy your hot water whenever you need it.

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Winter is Near: Safety Tips on Heating Your Home

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

With winter on its way, you should be preparing your heating system so that it can deliver comfort and warmth while keeping your family safe. At Cool Air Mechanical in Decatur, we know that many people do not think about heating repair services until they really need them. However, calling a company out to check your heating system could help prevent having to heat your home unconventionally while waiting for a technician during a high demand time.

Head in the Oven

If your heating system does fail, you may be tempted to use the oven to heat your home. This can be very dangerous. If you have pets or children, they could get burned. Your home could catch fire, or worse, the oven may produce carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless, and deadly gas. Gretel wouldn’t stick her head in the oven, you shouldn’t either.

Frozen Pipes

If your home is heated through a radiator and something goes wrong so that the pipes freeze, it is important to not try to thaw the pipes with heating tape or open flame. House fires happen every winter when people try a home remedy to thaw their pipes. Call out a professional.

Wood Stoves and Fireplaces

These systems are great for providing a cozy feeling. However, depending on what kind of fireplace you have, you may be losing more heat than you are producing. Fires draw the air from inside the home and send it up the flue. Even if you have the right fireplace or wood stove, you will want to make sure that you get it serviced at least once a year. Flue fires can be deadly, and a blocked flue can be hazardous. You should also never burn anything other than the materials recommended by the manufacturer. Plastics and garbage should never be put in your fireplace.

Your Heating System

Like any system, your heating system needs to be serviced at set intervals. Typically, you should have it looked at every 6 months, so that the filters can be replaced. By bringing out a professional before winter strikes, you will be doing everything you can to make sure that the system performs as it was meant to during the coldest weather. At Cool Air Mechanical, we know that heating repair services are often best performed before you know that there is a problem. Even if your system is functioning, calling in a service team will ensure that it is running at peak efficiency, which saves you money that you can use for nights of hot cocoa and marshmallows.

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